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If you’ve seen the movie Fireproof, then there is no doubt that you are familiar with The Love Dare. But, did you realize that it’s a real book? You can actually purchase The Love Dare and go through the 40-day process of strengthening and/or healing your marriage. While I haven’t actually tried it for myself, I’ve always been intrigued by it.
So, when I heard that they had recently written and released a follow- up to The Love Dare – this one focusing on your parent/child relationship(s), I was very interested. A few weeks ago, I received The Love Dare for Parents.
From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of “dares” challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children.
Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term.
Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day.
The Love Dare for Parents even includes access to a FREE online parenting assessment, helpfully keyed to select material in the book.
Stephen Kendrick is senior associate pastor of preaching and prayer at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. He is also a screenwriter (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous) and movie producer and co-wrote the New York Times best sellers The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men with his brother, Alex. Stephen and his wife, Jill, have four children.
Alex Kendrick is associate pastor of movie outreach for Sherwood Baptist Church. He is also an actor, writer, and director whose film credits include Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. He and his wife, Christina, have six children.
Heidi Says . . .
As previously stated, I’ve never read The Love Dare, so I don’t have any real point of reference for comparison. But, I am really loving this book! It is structured in such a way that it is very simple to read.
Each of the 40 days/chapters starts out with a verse of Scripture, followed by the main text for the day. These are all 3 pages in length, so they do not require a lot of reading time. They are straightforward and to the point, yet they make you think! Each is followed by “Today’s Dare”. Most of the dares are fairly simple to carry out and involve conversations and/or physical acts (of touch or your presence). They don’t involve purchasing anything. Some may take more than one day to complete or require a bit of planning and thought. After each dare there is a place to check when it is complete and an area for writing any notes.
The book concludes with the Appendix which includes sections about the Bible & spanking, ideas for family time activities, how to pray for your child(ren), and more! There are several blank, lined pages at the end for additional notes.
I am impressed with the simplicity of this book. Honestly, before I received it, I thought it would be something really hard to carry out – something that I might not be able to commit to or keep up with. Now that I’ve looked it over, I’m anxious to try it out with each of my kids! While I feel that I have good relationships with all of them, there is always room for improvement!